by Betsy Brown Braun on Mar.13, 2016, under Adolescents, Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Communication, Discipline, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Parenting, Relationships
:children's tattling, kids who tattle, sibling fighting, sibling fights, siblings who tattle, tattle taling, tattletales, Tattling
In case you didn’t know, tattling should be illegal in your family. Many parents don’t realize that.
When parents come to me for help with their kids’ fighting, I always ask is if their kids are tattletales. Just about 100% of the time the answer is YES! And... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Sep.28, 2015, under Adolescents, Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Child development, Communication, Environmental influences, Expectations, Parent modeling, Parenting, Peers, Public Behavior
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Knowing when is the “right age” to give permissions and allow age related activities challenges all parents, especially with that first born child. After all, it is often the parent’s first experience not only with a child of that age, but certainly with YOUR child of that... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Dec.18, 2014, under Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Communication, Expectations, Holidays, Parenting, Toddlers
:Chanukah gifts, Christmas gifts, greedy kids, holiday gimmes, overprivileged kids, Spoiled kids
Sugar Plum fairies and fa la la la la are not the only things that come with the winter holidays. So does a parent’s worst fear that she has raised the spoiled child she swore she would never have. At no other time of year do the... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Dec.02, 2014, under Brat-Proofing, Holidays, Parenting, Public Behavior, Sensitive Topics, Toddlers
:birthday celebrations, birthday events, birthday favors, birthday gifts, birthday goodie bags, birthday ideas, birthday parties, party ideas, toddlers' birthdays
"Amanda is 2!" read the banner draped over the entrance to our neighborhood park. And that was just the beginning. A cooking area complete with printed aprons (“Amanda’s 2nd Birthday”) and chef's hats for each child, a craft area with three different creation stations, a pony ride... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Aug.13, 2014, under Adolescents, Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Communication, Elementary School Children, Expectations, Parenting, School, Transitions
:Back to school, regressions, regressive behavior, school after summer, School transitions, starting school, unexpected behavior
Summer time, and the livin’ is easy, as the song goes.
And there it went! There can be a whole lot more to starting school than starting school. Whether a child is beginning preschool, third grade, middle or high school, after a long summer or just an... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Mar.17, 2014, under Adolescents, Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Expectations, Parent modeling, Parenting
:It'snot fair; That's not fair; Fairness; What does fair mean?; Treating children the same; Treating children equally; Treating siblings equally; Delaying gratification; Tolerating disappointment
“It’s not fair!” Can’t you just hear the whiney tone that delivers that exclamation? I’ve yet to meet a parent whose child hasn’t at some point or other protested “That’s not faaaiiiiiirrrr?” (Note the drawn out faaaiiiirrrr, added for extra impact on you, the parent.)
As common and... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Feb.10, 2014, under Adolescents, Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Character traits, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Environmental influences, Expectations, Parent modeling, Parenting, Relationships, Toddlers
:Children and older people, Children and rest homes, Cultivating Empathy; teaching children empathy; moeding empathy; Expressing emapthy; children and empathy, Empathy, taking children to rest homes
Cultivating empathy is a hot topic in the parenting world. Current research has demonstrated that children under a year not only have the capacity for empathy but actually exhibit empathy. (Regarding infants: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201306/empathy-appears-in-infancy-varies-age-and-gender Regarding toddlers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX6krHsZA_w .)
But parents, usually not educated to recognize and encourage this trait... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Jul.22, 2013, under Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Child development, Environmental influences, Expectations, Learning, Parent modeling, Parenting, Public Behavior, Toddlers
:Behaving in a restraurant, Kids behaving in restaurants, Kids eating out, Kids in restaurants, Kids learning to eat at restaurants, Lousy Local Conditions, Public Behavior, Restaurant behavior, Restaurant expectations
Kids in Restaurants, Part 2:
Lousy Local Conditions
On Friday I lunched with a colleague at a “grown up” restaurant. The atmosphere was quiet and refined. Seated right next to us was a family of three—mother, father, and, in-between them, their adorable 18 month old child. We wouldn’t even... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Jul.17, 2013, under Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Child development, Communication, Discipline, Environmental influences, Expectations, Parent modeling, Parenting, Public Behavior, Toddlers
:kids in restaurants; restaurant behavior; taking children to restaurants; misbehaving in restaurants; expectations for restaurants; public behavior; eating out;; taking kids to eat out; families at re
Our dinner at a local sushi restaurant was a bit earlier than we usually dine. So I casually mentioned to my husband that we might overlap “family time” at the eatery. But we decided that it wouldn’t be a problem; we both love kids. Little did we... Read more...
by Betsy Brown Braun on Jan.07, 2013, under Adolescents, Behavior, Brat-Proofing, Child development, Communication, Elementary School Children, Toddlers
:Kids who ask why?; Why; Reasoning with kids; How to answer Why?;, The meaning of why?; battles with kids;
You tell your child it’s time for bed. Instead of the pitter patter of feet running up the stairs, you get “Whyyyyyyy?” All parents have heard it. The funny thing is, you know your child isn’t really looking for an answer. “Well, dear, your body needs sleep... Read more...
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